Post-Baccalareate Certificate:
Public and Non-Profit
Management - 2008/2009


Admission and Academic Requirements

Department Chairperson: Richard J. Hardy
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Vincent A. Auger
Department Office: Morgan Hall 422
Department Telephone: 309/298-1055
Department E-mail:
Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Program Description

The certificate program in Public and Non-Profit Management provides graduate students and working professionals with a new option to enhance their professional skills. Public management is a subfield within the area of public administration and public policy. The program will focus on the similarities and juxtaposition of management issues in the public and non-profit sector. In addition, the certificate program is designed to enhance survey research skills and foster increased sensitivity to ethical and moral issues in public management.

Requirements for enrollment:

a. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (based on all hours attempted) or a 3.0 grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate work.

b. Students should have a substantial number of political science courses at the undergraduate level. Students who fail to meet this requirement must successfully complete undergraduate deficiency courses with a grade of “B” or better.

c. Those students who do not meet regular admission requirements may be considered for probationary admission upon submission of official GRE scores.  Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have practical experience in the public and private sector.

d. Submission of a writing sample in English of at least two pages in length such as a short essay, a research paper, or a statement outlining academic goals.

e. At least three letters of recommendation.

Certificate Requirements

I. Core Courses: 9 s.h.

POLS 494G Public Budgeting Systems (3)
POLS 546 Public Administration (3)
POLS 592 Public Personnel Management (3)

II. Select two of the following courses, in consultation with Certificate Program Adviser: 6 s.h.

POLS 432G Survey Methods (3)
POLS 493G Seminar in Organizational Theory and Behavior (3)
POLS 549 Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)
POLS 550 Non-profit Management (3)
POLS 567 Ethics in the Public Sector (3)
ECON 508 Economic Theory for Decision Makers (3)

Total: 15 s.h.

Course Descriptions

Political Science
432G (cross-listed with SOC) Survey Methods. (3) An overview of how to design, conduct, and present the results of social surveys. The course includes a familiarization with data preparation for computer processing and an introduction to use computer software statistical packages. Prerequisite: Any university level statistics course or permission of the instructor.

493G Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior. (3) Review of classical and modern theories of administration. Goals and expectations of high echelon administrators and analysis of authority relationships in formal organizations are emphasized.

494G Public Budgeting Systems. (3) Financial and budgetary processes and problems of public agencies at various governmental levels. Includes types and functions of budgets. Systematic program evaluation and budgetary allocation questions are emphasized.

546 Public Administration. (3) (Colloquium) This course provides an overview of the problems and issues that confront public administrators and introduces contemporary public management theory and skills for dealing with the problems and issues.

549 Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation. (3) Analysis of the processes of policy formation, policy contents, and outcomes of a number of domestic policy areas and niches.

550 Nonprofit Management. (3) This course will focus on defining and categorizing the third sector and then exploring its relationship to the public sector as value guardians.  Considerable attention will be paid to the role nonprofits play in the formulation and execution of public policy.

567 Ethics in the Public Sector. (3) This course will examine the ethical dimensions of the public sector through an administrative responsibility lens. Administrative responsibility will be explored through examination of the principles of responsiveness, fairness, flexibility, honesty, accountability, and competence.

592 Public Personnel Management. (3) Historical overview of public sector hiring systems.  Coverage of legal and management issues in personnel administration.  Examination of political context of government recruitment.

508 Economic Theory for Decision Makers. (3) This course develops the macro- and microeconomic concepts most useful to decision makers. Topics covered include measuring aggregate economic activity, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, monetary policy, fiscal policy, international trade, derivation and determinants of market demand, theory of production, theory of cost, derivation and determinants of supply, and comparative performance of firms in alternate market structures. (This course cannot be taken by students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Economics program and does not satisfy entrance requirements for this program. It is designed for graduate students in areas other than economics.)